Gums can cover too much of your teeth due to genetic conditions, health issues, and certain prescription drugs. Such a problem is likely to make you feel self-conscious about smiling. Gum reduction surgery is a cosmetic procedure that corrects the gum line and stops your teeth looking small.
You will receive the gum reduction surgery in your dentist’s clinic. Before beginning, the dentist will discuss the method he or she will be using, which could be with a scalpel, a laser, or radio surgery. Your dentist will choose the method most suitable for your needs. Your dentist will also draw on your gums to show you how much of the gum he or she will be removing.
Once you have agreed on a new shape for your gums, the dentist will administer a local anesthetic. In addition to reducing your gums, the dentist may need to remove the bone at the front of your tooth’s root to ensure effective and lasting results.
Recovering from Gum Reduction
It can take several days, or sometimes weeks, to recover from gum reduction surgery. Your dentist will advise you how to speed up the recovery for your gums. If your gums keep bleeding after surgery, your gums feel very swollen, or you have any other concerns, contact your dentist.
You should also ask your dentist what type of over-the-counter analgesic would be best for your situation. Your dentist will likely recommend ibuprofen or acetaminophen, as aspirin causes bleeding.
Finally, your dentist will advise you on how and when to brush your teeth during the healing process and what foods you can eat. You will need to stick to soft, cold foods the first days after surgery. This may include pasta, yogurt, and eggs. Until your gums are healed, steer clear of spicy foods and anything with seeds.